Sy. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., appeared to slight Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s work as a legislator, telling The New York Times that the New York Democrat was “more active on Twitter than anything else.”
Manchin, a moderate, made those comments after Ocasio-Cortez posted a photo of herself staring at him. She was responding to his comments knocking the “verdedig die polisie” beweging.
“I guess she put the dagger stare on me,” Manchin said in an interview published Tuesday. Hy het bygevoeg: “I don’t know the young lady — I really don’t. I never met her. I’m understanding she’s not that active with her bills or in committee. She’s more active on Twitter than anything else.”
Manchin’s comments again brought attention to the ongoing feud between more progressive members and others within the Democratic Party. Huisspreker Nancy Pelosi, D-Kalifornië., similarly ontslaan Ocasio-Cortez’s influence last year when she told the Times that the New York congresswoman and the other three original Squad members “have their public whatever and their Twitter world.”
Her criticism followed the Squad’s rejection of a massive border funding measure that received bipartisan support.
“But they didn’t have any following,” Pelosi added. “They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”
While the Squad started with four members, its ranks have since grown and Republicans have leveraged the group’s public notoriety in an attempt to portray the entire party as moving too far to the left.
After House Democrats saw what’s been described as a disappointing showing in November, moderate Democratic lawmakers complained about the party embracing positions like “verdedig die polisie” and socialism.
'Ons het wedlope verloor wat ons nie moes verloor het nie,” an animated Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Go., said during a caucus call after the election. “Om die polisie te verdedig, het my my wedren amper gekos weens 'n aanvaladvertensie. Moenie ooit weer sosialisme sê nie. Ons moet terugkeer na die basiese beginsels. ”
Huismeerderheidsweep Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., similarly said if “we are going to run on Medicare for All, verdedig die polisie, gesosialiseerde medisyne, ons gaan nie wen nie,” sy kantoor bevestig.
But Ocasio-Cortez and her squadmate, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., het voorgestel that staking out more progressive stances isn’t an electoral liability.
“We do not win by shrinking away from the cause of justice,” sy getwiet hierdie maand. “We win by organizing, meeting people where they are, and communicating a clear value set.”
Ocasio-Cortez similarly hit back at former Sen. Claire McCaskill, a moderate Democrat after she suggested the party lost voters because of its stances on certain social issues.
“Waarom luister ons na mense wat verkiesings verloor het asof hulle kundiges is om verkiesings te wen?” Ocasio-Cortez asked. “McCaskill probeer haar benadering. Sy hardloop as karavaan-histerie Dem & verloor terwyl voetsoolorganiseerders progressiewe maatreëls in MO gewen het [Missouri]. Haar taal hier wys hoe sy haar basis as vanselfsprekend aanvaar.”